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That?s his shot to fame

IN 1999 Rajesh Kumar Singh was rudderless. He had just done his graduation from Allahabad University, and didn?t really know what to do next. He bought a camera which sent his family members react saying ?he wants to become a wedding photographer? or what?? But, Rajesh went even below their ?expectation? and became a newspaper-hawker to find entry into journalism. He got a break in 2000 with a local Hindi magazine in Allahabad. Then he never looked back. Magazines, newspapers, and news agencies, he worked with all as a photojournalist.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 00:58 IST

IN 1999 Rajesh Kumar Singh was rudderless. He had just done his graduation from Allahabad University, and didn’t really know what to do next. He bought a camera which sent his family members react saying ‘he wants to become a wedding photographer’ or what?’

But, Rajesh went even below their ‘expectation’ and became a newspaper-hawker to find entry into journalism.

He got a break in 2000 with a local Hindi magazine in Allahabad. Then he never looked back. Magazines, newspapers, and news agencies, he worked with all as a photojournalist.

Now, with just six years in profession and 28 years of age, Rajesh has bagged a National Headliner Awards. He hogged the first place in the features category. The awards are in the field of journalism given by the Press Club of Atlantic City, America. He will receive the award in Atlantic City on May 20. 

“I feel elated, the award is prestigious. But what is more significant for me is that Time Magizine photographers stood second and third places. Also I am the only award winner from India, in any category, while another winner from Asia is Iraq-based photojournalist of Associated Press, Nabil-Al-Juram in Spot News Photography category,” said Rajesh, who currently works with the Associated Press.

He often comes to Lucknow for covering events here as he moves around the country to do the same.

The picture that got him the top slot is a shot from a ‘Pushkar Fair’ in Rajasthan during the annual cattle fair of Pushkar. This photofeature was prepared in November 2005 for Associated Press, America. And he himself was not aware about his entry for the award. “I did not send the photograph for the award. It’s Association Press’ US office sent my photograph,” said Rajesh.

Rajesh in his short career has done all kind of news and feature photography. But it is ‘Saadhus’ in Allahabad, Varanasi and other places that fascinate him the most.

Do you know who his guru is? It is Sq Ldr GK Awasthi (retd). “When I wanted to become a photojournalist and was not sure about myself, he said to me—’Pick up a camera, and you will be photographer’. He taught me a lot.”
Believe it, he originally was a painter and wanted to have a career in fine arts